Feb 04, 2013 - 8:54 pm
I am having a hard time undertanding something. My husband has been receiving treatment for Stage 4 rectal cancer since June 2011. He had liver resection after FOLFOX and then radiation. Before the rectal surgery could be done new liver lesions appeared. He then started FOLFIRI which continued until November of last year when Pet scans showed no evidence of disease. They decided a chemo break would be a good idea to see what would happen. In January when they did a CEA check it had tripled since the last check and was at the highest level ever since he was diagnosed. It was at 14. The doctor said he needed to go back on chemo and they would continue to check the CEA. I am confused because I have heard that CEA can go up for many reasons and right now he is receiving chemo based on a number. Has anyone else restarted chemo based on a rising CEA? Thanks so much for any advice about this. Wishing you all the best in health.